Ride of Silence
*On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM we will participate in our 14th consecutive observation of the Ride of Silence.
Meet at the Gaston County Courthouse at 630. Following a brief program, those gathered will roll down Long/Ozark Avenue to New Hope Road, to Gaston Memorial Hospital, and return to the Courthouse via Cox Road/Aberdeen and Franklin Boulevard. *
All are welcome to attend and participate.
Distance 8.5 miles, avg. speed no more than 12 mph
NO ORGANIZED RIDE FROM FOREST VIEW HS.WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST?
•To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
•To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
•To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
In 2003,Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here…)
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
After the ride, we will meet at Ride-A-Bike on Main Street.